Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and Phil Kessel trade rumors.
After an underwhelming start to the season, reminiscent of the beginning of the 2015-16 Stanley Cup winning season, it was inevitable that General Manager Jim Rutherford would begin to see what is out there in terms of trades.
Last week, Rutherford made a deal that sent F Daniel Sprong to the Anaheim Ducks and not long before that sent F Carl Hagelin to the Los Angeles Kings. He is no stranger to mid-season trades, and has even been quite successful at turning a season around with them.
As reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Rutherford ‘tested the market’ for Kessel, whom he acquired from Toronto via trade in the 2016 offseason.
Kessel, who has won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins, has scored 250 points in 272 games since joining the team.
Kessel remains on the team under contract for three more seasons at a cap hit of $6.8 million. His contract has a no-trade clause that gives him the ability to allow trades to eight teams of his choosing.